Between working late and dinners out, you rarely nod off before midnight and can barely get yourself up by 6 a.m. to get going. By the end of the week you’re so exhausted you spend Saturday morning sleeping in. Sound familiar? If so, you could be upping your risk of becoming overweight by 33% or more, according to new research. The problem is “social jet lag” – the discrepancy between your sleep habits on workdays and off days – says study author Till Roenneberg of Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany. That leads to chronic sleep deprivation, a problem that has been tied to overeating. Retraining yourself to get to bed and rise at the same time every day should help.
Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) calms the mind. Stay in the pose anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes before getting into bed.